Reflection — April 3rd
I am, maybe, unusual these days in that I actually know a shepherd. I know him quite well because he’s a member of our church family. I can imagine him, as the night falls, striding his way over the Hampshire downs to find that lost sheep.
This is one of Jesus’s most instantly accessible analogies - the vulnerability of the animal and the tenderness of the shepherd evoke an instant and glitteringly clear picture of the sort of God we can know - one who loves us.
But look at the context - Jesus is not giving a sermon to the converted. He’s talking to “tax collectors and sinners”. Yet again,
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